Overall a good article, ...
While it is certainly accessible to put tables in a web page, the carte blanche - *go ahead and use them*, seemed a tad irresponsible and lacking. This statement missed the point that if tables are used, they neeed to be written or marked up correctly in order to be delivered in an accessible way. Not ALL readers deliver or access table information in the same way. And not too many people are aware of the linear output of complicated tables, orthe techniques of associating data in the correct way.
Missing also are the good points of multimedia delivery and how Flash may make content more accessible to those that need more than text, which may be most of the population. This higher percentages also includes those with cognitive and or learning disabilities, and even those with no disability or access issues. Multimedia is a tool to deliver content with good functional design abilities and higher reaching results than text only. Yes, alternatives are needed for those that cannot access the information. But accessibility and multimedia includes these areas, too. They are often overlooked, because most of the focus is on visual first, hearing, then motor, and cognitive issues remain in last place or forgotten. [important issues for delivery of content via education]
Finally a rather pointed question…
Where is all the anger or pressing active questions that needs to be directed at Mac equipment?
Are Mac’s going to ever be made to work with accessibility in better ways? I understand many or most of the readers work with Windows systems, but with Mac OSX is it not possible to run these under Virtual Windows mode?
I think it is great, no matter what the reason, Macromedia is working on Accessibility issues. I had seen some of this come about back in 2000, following the Jim Heid article…
“A Call to Action: Making Flash Accessible,”?
Now, we also need to look at GoLive, Premier, and many more… and I see that was mentioned and I will be looking forward to reading more about these other topics.
One last point. Often it is displayed that the software or computer, etc ... is the culprit to meeting Accessibility issues or guidelines. Many times it can also be said the equipment that these users do use and the companies that make this equipment - also have to get on the ball and rework or improve their products to meet these guidelines that others have met. This is not an easy issue and the responsibility belongs to everyone. The equipment, the software companies, the browsers, and lastly also the people using the equipment to access such information. If others are working to conform, the equipment should also conform on the flip side. And this will all take time.